9:03 AM (12 hours ago)
I dont want to come home. I want to stay here in Brazil. Missions are the best.
This week has been so insanely busy but so good. I havent even had time for myslef. Literally our day even p-days are filled with doing things for the mission. Creating random activities for the members, and menos ativos, and investigators. I feel like I am finally working with all my heart might mind and strength and I couldnt be happier.
We are receiving another pair of sisters today so that will help the work a lot!
So this week -
Michele - misericóridia. This woman is amazing. She is soooo ready to be baptized. Her testimony is so strong and it has been so cool to watch her begin as being scared to even touch the book of mormon to recognizing it as the word of God. Before she was a member of the universal chruch of brazil and they preach that the book of mormon and the church of jesus christ is of the devil and a cult etc. Her husband was a inactive member and she threw away all of his chruch books. And then a few years later we show up at her door and ask her to read a verse. She told us yesterday that when we first asked her to read it she got super scared to ever touch and read. After we started teaching her she started gettings uper curious and devoured everything we gave to her. Midway through our lessons she started having doubts. SHe prayed to God to reveal to her that this really was His word. SHe opened up the book of mormon to Alma 32:28- which confirmed her testimony. And she is keeping all the commitments we give her. She is fasting, and keeping the sabbath day holy, and she is even keeping the law of chasity. Right now she is living with her "husband" who isnt her husband legally. THey lived together for 4 years and have a beatiful litle family of three daughters. He needs to get divorced from a previous relationship before they can get married. And she knows they are living in prostitution and so she decided to keep the law of chasity and her poor husband asked us/begged us to hurry the process along as best we could. Also antoher miracle. Henrique - her husband was inactive and smoked and drank. We have been working with him, and he hasnt smoked or drank for the past 4 days! THey just need to get MARRRIED!!!!
With the new sisters arriving we will be changing our areas and only working in the areas distantes. These neighborhoods are super duper poor and not very well educated. THe government here is really good and gives EVERYTHING to the people. Which I dont think is a very good idea. Because the more you do for people the less they do for themselves. Evidence of these neighborhoods with cute perfect little houses trashed by people that dont really know how to take good care of things. I have never gotten so frustrated in lessons before. We are down to the basics. How to pray, what sin is, who is Jesus Christ etc. I taught one man how to pray about 8 times and he couldnt remember the 4 steps (first start with heavenly father, second thank thee, third, we ask thee, foruth end in the name of Jesus Christ) His little kids understood and were all on top of it. These people are very simple. And we are determined to find the elect here. And the work will really get going now that the new sisters are coming. THey will stay and work downtown and we will spend our days in these far away places. Which by the way is absolutley gorgoes to ride our bikes to these places. It is just stretches of long farms with lots of random palm trees, cows, and mountains in the distance, and the occasional tropical bird. The sunsets are amazing!
I really am so happy!
Best wishes for the week - Ill try to be better with details on what happened, the days are just going by sooo fast. This tranfer feels like it was 6 days instead of 6 weeks.
Love you all!